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The Fijian Understanding of the Deed of Cession Treaty of 1874

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dc.contributor.author Baledrokadroka, Joeli en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T14:34:42Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T14:34:42Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-07-08 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-07-08 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/1151
dc.description.abstract "Fiji became a British Colony in 1874, an Independent Sovereign Democratic State in 1970 and a Sovereign Democratic Republic in 1988 when it relinquished all ties to the Queen of England. What does the ordinary Fijian understand about the Deed of Cession? "The purpose of my paper is to examine whether current Fijian Legislations and Policies have reflected and honoured the spirit of the 1874 Deed of Cession under which Fiji was ceded to Great Britain. I will attempt to show that Fijians have been under the mistaken belief that their customary and sovereignty were taken by the Deed of Cession Treaty, and returned to them in 1970, when in fact they have never been extinguished. "The decolonisation process in Fiji needs to be contextualised against the background of the creation of the United Nations and the Self Determination Conventions and Declarations as well as the rise of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Structural Adjustment Programmes as a means of promoting development which has in turn compounded the problems of Fiji, arising from the Native Lands Trust Board (NLTB) governance system. "This paper will illustrate how the legacy of extractive colonial capitalism, decolonisation, development strategies and globalisation - distorted tradition and created a colonial institution such as the NLTB, as a decolonisation strategy that has not delivered: leaving ordinary indigenous Fijians disenfranchised and impoversished." en_US
dc.language English en_US
dc.subject IASC en_US
dc.subject colonization en_US
dc.subject sovereignty en_US
dc.subject indigenous institutions en_US
dc.subject land tenure and use--history en_US
dc.subject legislation en_US
dc.subject customary law en_US
dc.title The Fijian Understanding of the Deed of Cession Treaty of 1874 en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en_US
dc.type.published unpublished en_US
dc.coverage.region Pacific and Australia en_US
dc.coverage.country Fiji en_US
dc.subject.sector Social Organization en_US
dc.subject.sector Land Tenure & Use en_US
dc.subject.sector History en_US
dc.identifier.citationconference Traditional Lands in the Pacific Region: Indigenous Common Property Resources in Convulsion or Cohesion en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfdates September 7-9, 2003 en_US
dc.identifier.citationconfloc Brisbane, Australia en_US
dc.submitter.email lwisen@indiana.edu en_US

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